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Vanderbilt University, Metro Parks unveil a new basketball court in North Nashville

The Watkins Park court debuts at the “Hoops and Hope Celebrating Black History and Community” event on Thursday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A basketball hoop attached to the back of a school bus as a person dribbles in front of it.

The event will also serve as an early Juneteenth commemoration in the city.

Photo via @MetroParksNash

That’s what we call a slam dunk. North Nashville’s Watkins Park will have a brand new outdoor basketball court tomorrow, June 15 when it’s unveiled at the “Hoops and Hope Celebrating Black History and Community” grand opening event. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the community is invited to attend basketball clinics + play games and activities.

The collaboration between Vanderbilt University, Pepsi, Hoopbus, and Metro Parks is part of a larger initiative promoting community engagement and physical activity in Middle Tennessee + organizers will collect new or gently used youth sports equipment for community center programming.

As for the court, it honors the late Perry Wallace, a member of Vanderbilt University Men’s Basketball and the first Black player in the Southeastern Conference. The court will also feature a mural recognizing North Nashville’s contribution to local and national civil rights progress. An additional mural is in the works for Watkins Community Center.

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